The Dow fell 123.77 points, or 0.46%, to 26,957.59. The S&P 500 dipped 0.38% to close at 3,116.39. The Nasdaq Composite ended the day up 0.17% at 8,980.77. The major averages struggled to find direction as investors kept adding bonds to their portfolio amid coronavirus concerns.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield hit 1.3%, a fresh all-time low, as the bond market kept signaling slower economic growth with the number of coronavirus cases around the world increasing. Wednesday also marked the stock market's second failed attempt at a rally after a steep day of losses. Bottom line: Expect markets to remain volatile until investors get indications that the outbreak is ebbing.